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U.S. Service Academy Nominations


One of the great honors of a member of Congress is to recommend young people for a future of extraordinary service to America through attending college at a U.S. Service Academy, then serving in the military for at least 5 years.  Congressman Palmer and the Academy Advisory Board review students' nomination applications, conduct formal interviews and nominate students who apply to the following U.S. Service Academies:

A nomination from your U.S. Congressman is one of several nomination options required for applying to a U.S. Service Academy.  More detailed information can be found on our page Frequently Asked Questions for those seeking a Military Academy Nomination.

Nomination Timeline:

Sophomore and Junior Year – Research requirements and majors for each academy; take standardized ACT/SAT tests until you have a competitive score; meet with cadets and alumni; tour the academy in person; train for the physical fitness assessment; and meet medical requirements by the Department of Defense.  Consider attending an academy summer program.

Thursday, October 8, 2020 

Academy Night – *Please note location and attendance changes for 2020.  MASKS will be required.

Academy Night is open to all Sixth District students in the eleventh and twelfth grades who are interested in attending an Academy. Each student will be permitted to bring only one parent/guardian to accommodate social distancing. The event will feature speakers representing each Academy.

Vestavia Hills Civic Center
Dogwood Room
1973 Merryvale Road
Vestavia Hills, AL 35216


Seniors Only:

September 1, 2020 – Nomination Application Goes Live

November 2, 2020 – Completed Application Packets Due to the District Office by 12PM NOON CST

December 2020 – Formal Interview with Academy Advisory Board

January-February 2021 – Nominee Reception with Congressman Palmer

Nomination Application Packets should include the following:

  1. Recent Photograph of the Applicant 
  2. Application (Part A Download HERE and Part B fill out online contact information below)
  3. One Page Resume of education, activities, leadership and service
  4. Certified High School (and/or College) Transcript
  5. ACT/SAT Score Report
    • Recipient code for the ACT: 7216
    • Recipient code for the SAT: 1205
  6. Three Letters of Recommendation (at least one must come from a current teacher)

Please contact the District Office at 205-968-1290 with any questions. Mail or hand deliver completed packets to the District Office by 12PM NOON CST: 

Office of Congressman Gary Palmer
ATTN: Academy Nominations
3535 Grandview Parkway Suite 525
Birmingham, AL 35243

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